Making a decision to run a 1:1 programme (where every child has their own device to use in class and at home), be it for one cohort or the whole school, is a big decision to make, and not one that should be made lightly, so here is our guide on how to make it happen.
We have helped many schools, from their initial thinking, past their concerns and right through the decision making and planning process, helping them ensure they have the most appropriate and sustainable programme for their needs.
Where to start?
The first and probably the most important thing to remember is that it is not just about the device but how it is used and integrated as a standard tool for teaching and learning. It can be very easy to be taken in with the popular device of the day and not give enough thought about what you want to do with it and if it is the most effective way of achieving the lesson’s objective. Our first piece of advice therefore is to consider what a 1:1 programme can do for you. Once you know what you want to achieve your project team will be in a far better position to plan and develop the project.
As a Foundation member you get access to a dedicated School Liaison Manager (SLM). They have extensive experience in helping schools plan and develop their programme and can guide you through these and other important questions, working closely with your project team. They are also able to put you in contact with local schools that already have a successful programme running as well as connecting you up with possible suppliers and finance sources.
Identify your local School Liaison Manager
Currently we have two SLMs and you can find out more about them by clicking their names below. Any school can receive their advice and support, all we ask is that you become a Member.
Why should I become a member?
You can of course contact your SLM at anytime who will be happy to give you advice over the phone however, because we are a charity and because we are not selling you any product, we need to find other sources of income to fund our services. One way we do this is by asking schools that wish to benefit from the bespoke support we can offer to pay a modest annual fee to become members of the Foundation. In addition to the individualised and direct one-to-one support there are many other benefits that members can also enjoy.
Membership is a particular help in underwriting the cost of visiting schools, which we know can be a much more effective way for your SLM to contribute to planning discussions and to support the whole project team.